Undernutrition in the elderly: a problem on the rise
Susan Holmes BSc(Hons) PhD SRN FRSH Director of Research and Development/ Professor of Nursing Faculty of Health Canterbury Christ Church University College Canterbury, Kent
Undernutrition arises for many reasons (Table 1). Social isolation, perhaps exacerbated by depression, visual impairment or hearing difficulty, means that many both live and eat alone; this may reduce food consumption and general wellbeing. Limited mobility and/or physical disability may cause difficulties with shopping or food preparation.